Samantha is an OII DPhil student interested in computational propaganda, social media and democracy, human rights, and Internet policy
Samantha Bradshaw is a student on the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences.
Samantha Bradshaw is a D.Phil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. She is also a Researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council. Samantha’s work examines government use of social media for coordinated digital disinformation campaigns. Her research has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times. She holds an MA in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a joint honors BA in political science and legal studies from the University of Waterloo. Samantha tweets from @sbradshaww.
Social media and democracy, cyber security, computational propaganda, Internet governance, human rights online, government and politics.
Positions held at the OII
- DPhil student, October 2016 –
- Research Assistant, Computational Propaganda Project, October 2016-
Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Dr Vidya Narayanan, Dr Dimitra (Mimie) Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Samantha Bradshaw
This project will focus on how bots, algorithms and other forms of automation are used by political actors in countries around the world.
26 September 2019
Organised social media manipulation campaigns are now prevalent in 70 countries around the world (more than doubling from 28 in 2017), finds new Oxford Internet Institute report
20 July 2018
The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life.
29 March 2020 The New York Times
The Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, which interfered in the 2016 election, is using different methods to hide itself better.
5 February 2020 New York Times
While stopping short of an outright ban, the social media company plans to label or take down material that appears to have been digitally manipulated.
6 December 2019 New York Times
Despite Big Tech’s attempts to combat manipulation, companies that sell clicks, likes and followers on social media are easy to find.
14 November 2019 New York TImes
The Internet dream became a nightmare. What will become of it now?
26 September 2019 New York Times
At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds.
26 September 2019 reuters
26 September 2019 Sky News
More than 70 countries are now sharing misinformation online and politicians are using propaganda tools to garner support.
18 October 2018 Irish Times
Fake news researcher sides with critics over ineffective move by Google and Facebook
5 September 2018 CNBC
Trump last week accused Google of rigging search results to prioritize negative coverage and left-leaning outlets — an academic says that distracts from bigger issues.
22 March 2018 Globe and Mail
Samantha Bradshaw is a senior fellow at the Canadian International Council. She is also a D.Phil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute and a researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University.
23 February 2018 BBC News
Is the battle against online propaganda already being lost as AI puts powerful new weapons in the hands of the fake news merchants?
21 February 2018 BBC News
"This is a company that's under a lot of heat to clean up its act in terms of how its platform has been exploited to spread misinformation and junk news," said Samantha Bradshaw from the University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project.